12/13/2014 - NOTE: UPDATED LENS INFORMATION. PLEASE SEE LENS INFORMATION BELOW
BE SURE TO CLICK THROUGH ALL PHOTOS USING THE ARROW BUTTONS TO SEE A/B SHOTS WITH AND WITHOUT THIS LENS. There are many demo photos, but only 5 show at a time in the image bar.
11/19/2014 - THIS MODEL HAS BEEN UPDATED FOR A BETTER FIT, EASIER ASSEMBLY, and LOWER COST11/19/2014 - THERE IS ALSO A NEW MODEL FOR THE iPHONE 6 and 6 PLUS. CHECK MY STORE
Make your own macro lens adapter for the iPhone 5/5S. I designed the original version of this for my iPhone 4 (see "iPhone 4 Macro Lens" here on Shapeways) when I couldn't find the close-up image quality I wanted, even at $60. This is far cheaper than anything commercially sold and, in my opinion, has better image quality.
The example photos of the watch and microchip have not been cropped or altered in any way. Those 4 shots were loaded straight from the iPhone 5 (though Shapeways compresses them). It appears that although Apple improved many aspects of the camera on the iPhone 5S, focus range did not get closer, so this lens helps just as much for macro shots it did for the iPhone 4/4S.
PLEASE NOTE: This model will not slide over iPhone 5/5S cases. It fits only on an uncovered iPhone.
Print this model and then buy a glass lens for $4.50 from Surplus Shed
http://www.surplusshed.com/. Their part number is L4581 (NOTE - THIS IS A NEW UPDATED LENS CHOICE. The previous L4471 is now too small at 11mm diameter. This 3D print requires a 12mm diameter lens). The search function on the Surplus Shed site won't search part numbers. To find L4581, use the "Lens Finder" on their homepage.
In "Lens Finder" type:
Lens Type: PCX, Plano Convex
Diameter: 12mm to 12mm
Focal length: 39mm to 39mm
That will get you to L4581. If you want other magnifications, search for other 12mm diameter lenses. A longer/shorter focal length means less/more magnification. Feel free to experiment.
The lens fits in a recess in the Shapeways model and is held in place with a drop of Superglue. If you get any glue on the lens, it can be cleaned off with nail polish remover or acetone.
NEW EASIER ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS !
The lens is plano-convex (one side is flat). When inserted in the model, the flat side of the lens should face the phone. Press the lens into the opening before applying any glue. Make sure it is seated all the way against the support ring at the bottom of the hole. Again, do this first WITHOUT glue. Once you are sure the lens is properly seated, squeeze one TINY drop of superglue into the seam between the lens and the plastic holder at two spots on opposite sides of the lens circle (from the front). Two drops should be enough. The drop should wick around the edge the lens by itself so you won't need to spread it around. Let the assembly sit for 5 minutes before doing any lens cleaning.